What? That’s never happened to you? Then I bet this has never happened either:
Yesterday, a certain older child came and told me there was mold in the bottom our towel/sock/underwear laundry basket. Now, before you go off and call the Health Department or Child Protective Services or the Department of Fish and Wildlife (or better yet, call a cleaning service for me), let me point out that we live in a very damp climate. Damp towels + damp climate + damp laundry room = lots of condensation and the occasional mildew. No, it’s not a common occurrence, but it happens every once in a while. K?
When I received the news I frowned appropriately and told this child to: “put the laundry basket in the shower, add about two inches of hot water and then pour in a bit of bleach; that will kill the mold“.
Those seemed like straightforward instructions to me.
The child frowned a bit and seemed confused. I repeated myself, stressing the bleach would kill the mold so it didn’t grow back, and add that I would come in and scrub the basket. The child still seemed confused, but wandered off to do my bidding.
Now you have to understand, in my house you have to reach a certain Age of Accountability or Maturity or Something before you are helping with laundry. And you have to practically be married with three kids and a mortgage before I’ll let you touch the bleach. This particular kid seemed up for the job, so off the child went.
Imagine my surprise an hour or so later, when I opened the shower to scrub out the laundry basket and I find the basket still full of laundry. I stood there puzzled and blinked a few times. The bathroom smelled bleach-y, but I had scrubbed the toilet and floor earlier, so thought perhaps the smell came from there.
Just then, Child walks in.
“Um, what did you with the laundry basket?“
Child: Exactly what you told me.
Me: Wait, you filled it with two inches of hot water, then added bleach?
Me: And the basket was full of laundry?
Child: Yes. That’s why I was confused.
Me: Oh….You said the bottom of the basket had mold. I thought it was empty.
Because really, what more was there to say?